Joy from Being Thoughtful of Others

Chic Broersma

READ : Philippians 2:1-11

Look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. (v. 4)

The T-shirt said, “Enough about me. Let’s talk about you. What is it about me that you especially like?” It reminds me of an incident at the athletic club.

A man plopped down next to me and started to talk. He told me all about his adult children, about the business he ran, about his hobby of raising horses and much, much more. He made a couple of cell phone calls. Finally he jumped up to leave, turned toward me and said, “Nice talking to you.”

He certainly did do that—talk to me! It didn’t matter who I was. I could have been the pope, or Britney Spears; he never asked a single thing about me. The man had never learned the grace of showing interest in others.

A little ditty goes:

I gave a little tea party this afternoon, at three.

‘Twas very small, three guests in all; I, myself, and me.

I ate all the sandwiches while I drank all the tea.

‘Twas also I who ate the pie, and passed the cake to me.

Sound like fun? Hardly. Yet some people live like that.


Lord Jesus, who always thought of others and even gave your life, teach me, today, your secret of thinking of others before myself. Amen.